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The 40th and current Governor of Minnesota, serving since 2011.
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ENG: Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) is an American politician, the 40th and current Governor of the state of Minnesota. Dayton previously served as United States Senator from Minnesota from 2001 to 2007 in the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. A member of the Minnesota DFL Party, Dayton was Minnesota State Auditor from 1991 to 1995. Dayton was the DFL nominee in the November 2010 gubernatorial election. He defeated Tom Emmer (R) and Tom Horner (I) in the general election, and took office on January 3, 2011. Early life Dayton was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Gwendolen May Brandt and Bruce Bliss Dayton. He is a great-grandson of businessman George Dayton. In 1969, he graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he also played goalie for Yale's varsity hockey ...
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Dayton: Tax rich to fix deficit

Gov. Mark Dayton looked to the wealthy to erase about half of a $6.2 billion budget deficit on Tuesday, proposing a new top tax bracket and an income surtax that together would give Minnesota the nation's highest income tax rate. The Democratic governor's plan would raise nearly $2.9 billion from the top 5 percent of taxpayers, including a new property tax on homes valued at more than $1 million. It would also increase taxes on health care providers and corporations with foreign operations, while cutting almost $1 billion in spending for programs including MinnesotaCare health care and ...

Mark Dayton's turnaround

With the Passover/Easter break ending and legislators returning to the Capitol, we'll now get our best view yet of the sort of governor Mark Dayton will be. To date, Dayton has surprised nearly everyone, except perhaps his closest supporters, with his professionalism, his openness, even his humor. "In my lifetime, I've never seen a governor get off to a better start," said former Gov. Arne Carlson. "He's earnest, focused, on message. Just a great start in the way he's handled every situation." Surprised? "Yes," Carlson admitted. "But I shouldn't be. I've always known he's smart and ...

Dayton addresses GOP caucuses as budget stalemate continues

In an unusual move at this point in the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton addressed a joint GOP caucus meeting on Thursday to talk to the more than 100 Republican legislators at the Capitol about how to solve the $5 billion budget deficit with just days left in the regular session. The meeting was closed to the public, but Dayton provided his prepared remarks to the press. In the speech, Dayton stressed the fact Minnesotans elected a split government last fall, and there needs to be a compromise between their two proposals. By Dayton’s account, he has already moved ...

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